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Some Dallas Cowboys fans would like to see the team to bring back a familiar face after falling to 2-3 on the season.

A petition created Monday on Change.org calls on Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, head coach Jason Garrett, and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan to bring Tony Romo out of retirement. It has received more than 600 signatures as of Wednesday afternoon.

“The problem that I am looking to solve is the Dallas offense. Let’s get Tony Romo back on the Cowboys roster so that we can open up the playbook again,” the petition reads.

Romo, now an analyst for CBS, was asked about a hypothetical return to the NFL during an appearance on 105.3 The Fan’s “Ben & Skin” show last month, and said he’s healthy enough to play today.

However, when pressed further about making comeback, Romo replied, “You guys are silly.”

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Impact Wrestling superstar Rebel was recently interviewed by Andy Malnoske of Wrestling Inc. During the conversation, Rebel discussed her cheerleading background and how it has helped her in her wrestling career.

Rebel, born Tanea Brooks, became a cheerleader for the Dallas Cowboys at the age of 18. The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders are one of the most recognizable and popular cheerleading groups in the history of major American sports, so that is a huge accomplishment for her. Even though she knows it’s a major transition to go from cheerleader to professional wrestler, Rebel also sees her time as a cheerleader as advantageous to her in-ring performance.

“It is a big transformation but also my cheerleading background has helped me a lot with the flexibility and my cardio and my athleticism,” she said. “I feel like it’s actually helped me against my opponents when it comes to wrestling.”

Rebel is also known for her acrobatic ring entrance, in which she does a full split on the bottom rope. She said it all goes back to her cheerleading experience and her desire to “wow” audiences with everything she does.

“I think that goes back to my Dallas Cowboys cheerleader days. I am a performer and that is part of my background, an entrance is kind of to show your background and show you, so for me, I’m all about the entrance,” she said. “I’m here to make a statement. I’m here to perform, I’m here to entertain, and I’m here to fight as well and win! So for me that’s just part of my whole thing, the whole shebang.”

Former WWE Tag Team Champion Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart passed away this morning. He was 63-year old.

Cauliflower Alley Club president Brain Blair broke the news earlier:

“It is with a sad heart that I share with you the passing of a long time friend and colleague, Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart. Your thoughts and prayers for the family are appreciated.

Neidhart, born James Henry Neidhart on 8 February 1955 in Tampa, FL, was a natural athlete, excelling at track and field before moving on to pro football. He made the books of the Oakland Raisers and Dallas Cowboys, but never made an appearance for either team.

Instead, he turned his head to wrestling, heading to Canada to learn under the tutelage of the great Stu Hart. It was whilst training in The Dungeon that he met his first wife, Stu’s daughter Elizabeth, and long-term tag team partner Bret Hart.

As part of the Hart Foundation, Neidhart twice claimed tag gold in the WWF during a seven year spell of duos’ dominance. Bret’s emergence as a singles star left his former partner somewhat rudderless, and after a failed attempt to revive the tandem alongside brother-in-law Owen, Neidhart drifted between Japan, WCW, and ECW, before eventually returning to Stamford in 1994. After a forgettable stint as the one-note Who, a more substantial Hart Foundation was formed, propping up many of the company’s best angles before Bret Hart’s acrimonious departure following Survivor Series ’97.

After retiring, Neidhart had the pleasure of seeing his daughter Natalya promote women’s wrestling to its greatest height in WWE.

Free-agent running back DeMarco Murray, most recently of the Tennessee Titans, announced Friday that he’s retiring from football.

Murray turned 30 years old this past February.

The Oklahoma product was originally drafted in the third round in 2011 by the Dallas Cowboys. He spent four seasons with the ‘Boys, leading the NFL in rushing yards and touchdowns in 2014 en route to being named an All-Pro and the Offensive Player of the Year. He then joined the Philadelphia Eagles for the 2015 campaign, where he totaled just 702 rushing yards and six touchdowns in 15 games.

He joined the Titans in 2016, making his third career Pro Bowl in his first year with the team. But he rushed for just 659 yards and six touchdowns in 2017, with 39 receptions for 266 yards and one touchdown, while ceding work to sophomore running back Derrick Henry.

Murray was absent from the Titans’ two playoff games in 2017 due to injury.

The team then opted to sign 27-year-old Dion Lewis to a four-year, $19.8-million free-agent deal, according to Over The Cap, while letting the seven-year veteran walk.

Murray said earlier this week that he’d spoken to teams and hoped to sign before the beginning of training camps later this month.

The Detroit LionsMiami DolphinsNew Orleans Saints, and Seattle Seahawkshad all shown at least some level of interest in the running back, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Murray finishes with totals of 7,174 rushing yards, 2,165 receiving yards, and 55 combined touchdowns in 99 games over seven seasons.

The Dallas Cowboys have been a subject of much discussion this offseason, particularly regarding their 2018 outlook after releasing star receiver Dez Bryantand losing veteran tight end Jason Witten to retirement.

Quarterback Dak Prescott, however, claims the negative media attention is only helping to fuel his team.

“It’s hard to (surprise) people with the Dallas Cowboys; our standards are high,” Prescott told reporters at his annual youth football camp Sunday, via Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Clarence E. Hill Jr. “But when you hear talk, ‘We don’t have this player, we don’t have that player. We don’t have a lot of well-known guys.’ But that only makes the guys we have hungrier.”

The Cowboys added receiver Allen Hurns via free agency while drafting wideout Michael Gallup and tight end Dalton Schultz to help offset their offseason subtractions. Prescott has said he isn’t sure if any team “needs a No. 1 receiver,” and believes the team has the right attitude heading into training camp.

“I like where we are headed,” Prescott said. “I like the way we finished OTAs and minicamp. I like our attitude as a team, our hunger, the youthfulness, the energy. You can see guys excited to get back. And what’s good, the last day of an OTA or minicamp, guys weren’t sprinting out the door. That was exciting to see. And knowing that guys want to get back together in this off time to not only just hang out but to work and get better at ball. That is exactly what we need in a young team.”

The Cowboys missed the playoffs last year after finishing 9-7. They captured the NFC East division crown in 2016.

Erica Wilkins, a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, has filed a federal lawsuit against the team because of a disagreement regarding monetary compensation, according to The Associated Press, via ESPN.

Wilkins, who worked for the Cowboys from 2014 to 2017, alleges she wasn’t fully paid for her work and made less money than the team’s male mascot, “Rowdy.” She is seeking “unpaid overtime wages, minimum wages, and all other available damages,” according to court documents filed Tuesday.

Wilkins’ lawsuit claims Cowboys cheerleaders were paid an average of $8 per hour, while the team’s mascot made $25 per hour, and roughly $65,000 per year. She also claims some of her payments were incomplete.

This isn’t the first lawsuit filed against NFL teams by former cheerleaders in 2018. The Houston Texans have been sued twice over the last month, with the claims citing a lack of monetary compensation and poor work environment.

While he would like to get paid, quarterback Dak Prescott won’t necessarily try to break the bank when he negotiates a contract extension with the Dallas Cowboys.

“That’s all good money, and that’s all big money, honestly,” Prescott told Lorenzo Reyes of USA TODAY Sports. “I haven’t decided, or haven’t even talked about whether it’s a fully guaranteed deal, all up front, or whatever, short-term deal, or make it long term. I’ve got to take care of myself and take care of my family. But at the same time, I want to do what’s best to get good players around me and keep good players around me, because that’s how you win.”

There’s no indication that contract talks between Dallas and Prescott, who has two years remaining on his rookie deal and is set to make a meager $630,000 in 2018, have already begun.

However, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones acknowledged in May that the team is already budgeting for a Prescott extension in its future payroll projections.

“Personally, it’s about winning, man,” Prescott said. “When it comes to the contract, we know this is a year where it’s going to happen in some form or fashion. For me, it’s just about focusing on being the best I can. Being the best quarterback I can to make sure we win a lot of games so that I can show this organization what I can do and what I can do for many years to come. I know if I do that and win a bunch of games, go out there and win a Super Bowl, that money will take care of itself.”

Prescott enjoyed a stellar rookie campaign but regressed slightly last season, throwing for 3,324 yards with 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while completing 62.9 percent of his passes.